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Mission: To simplify the way the world transacts using mobile at point of sale.
The entrepreneur and the idea:
Bevan Ducasse’s curious and entrepreneurial mindset begun at a young age. As a boy he kept a folder of ideas in his desk. Soon after graduated and part way through his second job, he founded wiWallet, a mobile application allowing customers to pay with their phones by linking an app to any credit card. He was 23.
Several months into the start up and with the companies first round investment dwindling, the team realized they needed to pivot away from offering a consumer solution to rather provide business solutions specifically focused on the retail integration layer that was already built, as well as their mobile application skillset. This move coupled with the hard yards of integrating to key retail point of sales, jump started the business into a leading position in the mobile transacting sector.
Today, wiGroup’s platform is live in more than 65,000 till lanes across South Africa and Africa, and more than R5 Billion worth of transaction value has been processed through the platform. wiGroup’s platform is the dominant interface for mobile transactions across the formal retailing in Grocery, Health and Beauty, Cell phone and Hospitality sectors with significant coverage of Fashion, Petroleum and Credit based retailers too.
wiGroup’s clients include two of the largest FMCG retailers, the two largest telco’s, several of the top five Banks, several of the largest branded goods companies and some of the largest application providers in SA. The business is also expanding into Southern Africa, Nigeria and the globally on the back of demonstrating real value in South Africa.
Today Bevan is 32 and wiGroup is 8 years old, doubling in size every two years as more and more brands, retailers and applications transact across the wiGroup platform.
Bevan and wiGroup’s recent awards include:
• Winner of the FNB Business Innovation Awards (2016) • Best Alternative payments award at the Card and ePayments Africa event (2014) • Bevan was invited onto the global Endeavor entrepreneurship program at the organisations 53rd International selection panel, Brazil, one of only 29 high-impact entrepreneurs to receive this honour globally in 2014. • Bevan was chosen as “Maverick under 35” winner in Johannesburg (2014) • wiGroup won inaugural PWC Vision to Reality awards program in SA, and the global leg of this program, Local to Global, in Luxembourg (2015) • Bevan was selected as a YPO member “Young Presidents Organization” (2015)